Sunday, September 16, 2007

The explosionist

Here's a great video of the chemistry experiment that the girls are doing in the first scene of my novel.

Here's another good link that shows why chemistry used to be a more exciting activity for children than it can possibly be in our safety-conscious modern age.

Oliver Sacks's autobiography Uncle Tungsten: Memoirs of a Chemical Boyhood was where I first read about this experiment and realized it was what I needed.